Alan Obuzor - Artistic Director – Resident Choreographer – Dancer - Founder
Alan Obuzor, originally from Pittsburgh, began dancing at the age of nine. Two years later he started attending Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, where in 1998 he was a recipient of the very prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Dance Honorarium. Alan received a contract to join PBT’s professional company at the age of 17. During his seven years in PBT’s Company, Alan danced a wide array of ballets ranging from classical to neoclassical to contemporary, which included principal and soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, Carmina Burana and Divertimento 15. In that time he also worked with many world renowned figures in dance, and was selected to originate soloist roles in new works by choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Derek Dean, Matjash Mrozewski and Jiabin Pan. Alan began teaching and choreographing in 2002; from 2007-2012 Alan was on the faculty of PBTS as one of the primary Pre-Professional Division teachers and choreographers. In the fall of 2012 Alan joined the teaching faculty of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. Alan choreographed his first work in 2002 on himself and a fellow dancer. Since that time he has choreographed over 45 new works for Texture Contemporary Ballet, PBT, PBTS, New Ballet Ensemble, Harvard Ballet Company, Point Park University, Dancers’ Trust, Canton Ballet, Creative and Performing Arts High School and various independent projects. In 2011 Alan won first place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance/Choreography competition. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet which was created in 2011. Most recently, Alan was honored by Dance Magazine by being named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” in 2013.
Kelsey Bartman –Associate Artistic Director – Resident Choreographer - Dancer
Kelsey Bartman, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began formal training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Summers were spent studying at American Ballet Theatre New York, Jacob's Pillow Jazz Program for two years and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School for several years. Kelsey then continued as a trainee with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. During that time, she choreographed works for PBT's school and company. She then joined Nashville Ballet 2 in 2007 and was hired on as a Nashville Ballet Apprentice. She is a co-creator of Works in Progress Choreography Project, and has choreographed for Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. She has had the honor of dancing in Balanchine's Four Temperaments, Sarah Slipper's Postcards From the Boys, as well as Paul Vasterling's Adjustable Wrench and Carmina Burana.
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